Heartland Community Foundation awarded five healthy living and area action grants. Funds have been awarded to Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging, Rooks County Health Center, the First Care Clinic, Hays Public Library, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Pictured receiving the donation at the Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging are Mendi Alexander, Kristen Schmidt, Michelle Morgan and Bob Muirhead.
"We had a wonderful response to our call for grant applications. Our grants committee had a very difficult time selecting the award winners," chairwoman Mendi Alexander said. "We looked at 30 applications for five grants so we really had to do our homework."
Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging will use its $400 grant to train staff to work on scams that target the elderly through the SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) program.
Hays Public Library will use its $400 grant to purchase supplies for a teen summer reading program.
Rooks County Health Center will use its $800 grant to help support nationally known registered dietician Zonya Foco, who will present a diet-free program at the annual health fair.
First Care Clinic will use its $800 grant to help purchase an audiometer for hearing screenings for children ages 3 to 5.
Big Brothers Big Sisters will use its $400 grant ot support a new program that helps with the purchase of school clothing for at-risk teenage girls in the foundation's three-county service area.
Grants are awarded annually by the Heartland Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.heartlandcommunityfoundation.org.
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